George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Philemon Dickinson, 29 January 1781

From Major General Philemon Dickinson

Hermitage [near Trenton] 29th Jany. 1781

Dear Sir,

Your Excellency’s favor of the 23d inst. I have received.1 The Governor being at Borden Town, I sealed, & forwarded his letter to him. Our Assembly, has adjourned untill May next.

I am enabled, by the Powers vested in me, to call into actual Service, the whole force of this State, on any emergency—but cannot march the Troops into a Neighbouring State, without an Order from the Assembly, or the Governor & Privy Council.

By an Express, just returned from the Jersey Brigade, I am informed, the Mutineers have returned to their Duty—but have not hear’d, the mode of accommodation2—Should the assistance of our Militia, be necessary on any occasion, your Excellency may rest assured, of my utmost exertions, to bring them forward, & to execute every Order I may be honord with. I have the honor to be, Your Excellency’s Most Obt Hume Servt

Philemon Dickinson

P.S. I intend, spendg the remainder of the Winter in Phila: & shall not be any greater distance from Jersey.


2For the suppression of the mutiny in the New Jersey line, see Robert Howe to GW, 27 January.

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